Tag Archives: James L. Brooks

How Do You Know

Professional softball player Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon) is not sure where to go next, and suddenly finds herself choosing between two very different men… One of director James L. Brooks’s worst films is another romantic comedy without any laughs, even though it tries to compensate with glitzy milieus. Who will Witherspoon pick, the famous and … Continue reading How Do You Know

As Good As It Gets: Against Better Judgment

A COMEDY FROM THE HEART THAT GOES FOR THE THROAT.  In 1994, writer-director James L. Brooks went through hell with I’ll Do Anything, a comedy-drama with musical sequences. There was a lot of work behind it – Twyla Tharp did the choreography and there were songs by among others Carole King and Prince. But the … Continue reading As Good As It Gets: Against Better Judgment


A COMEDY WITH A LANGUAGE ALL ITS OWN. Illegal immigrant Flor Moreno (Paz Vega) becomes a housekeeper in John Clasky’s (Adam Sandler) household, a home where everybody has issues to deal with. This film feels like a typical James L. Brooks experience; it even has ingredients similar to Terms of Endearment (1983). It is also … Continue reading Spanglish

Terms of Endearment: Fighting Back the Tears

COME TO LAUGH. COME TO CRY. COME TO CARE. COME TO TERMS. It never fails. I’ve seen this film, director-producer James L. Brooks’s first, four or five times and it always leaves me choked up. When I see it with other people I fight back the tears (like any other 30-year-old man…), but not when … Continue reading Terms of Endearment: Fighting Back the Tears